Destroying our fisheries was a necessary step towards the destruction of our economy and democracy!

British government ministers have been openly betraying the people of this country for the past thirty years…..The names of those responsible should be published and action should be taken, following extensive police inquiries, to establish whether their intentions were deliberately treasonable or not. The public can then determine for itself what might have motivated these traitors and better prevent their co-conspirators continuing to sell out the interests of their countrymen.

Any other age of government, even envisioning allowing such a situation to develop, would I feel certain, have known that laws allowing such a legislative goulash to arise would be potentially treasonable and their continuation a knowingly treasonable act.

Under the title A scandal for which ‘responsibility’ MUST be assigned the above quotes were merely a part of a long post on the deliberate destruction of UK fishing stocks and its fisheries industry on 16th August 2003, when I had already become almost exhausted on reporting on that topic as the post made clear.

A scandal for which ‘responsibility’ MUST be assigned

Under This morning’s Daily Telegraph by Robert Uhlig carries the following report Fishermen throw away monkfish millions
The following are selected quotes from the article:-
Trawlermen in Cornwall and Devon are dumping dead and dying fish worth tens of millions of pounds because European conservation legislation is taking no account of particularly abundant cod and monkfish stocks this year.
The discarded fish pollutes the water and the seabed and robs crews of three quarters of their earnings while French fishermen are allowed to fill their nets with fish from West Country waters……
Nevertheless, quotas imposed by the European Commission prevent south-west fishermen landing more than 75kg of cod – less than 20 average fish – every month, while French boats in the same waters are allowed to catch 10 times as much.
So far this year, West Country fishermen have dumped cod and monkfish worth more than £10 million at market and several times more in supermarkets or restaurants.
They are calling for quota extensions to take advantage of this year’s bounty. Dumping fish as waste on the seabed is more damaging to stocks and marine ecosystems than allowing trawlers to fish freely.

We do not usually post such long passages from our links, but here we have a truly scandalous situation, made none the less so by the fact that my initial inclination was to pass over the article with the thought ‘heard it all before’.
If the facts are exactly as stated then British government ministers have been openly betraying the people of this country for the past thirty years and the facts as to HOW? should be immediately and quickly established (much is already known from the 30 year disclosure rules). The names of those responsible should be published and action should be taken following extensive police inquiries to establish whether their intentions were deliberately treasonable or not. The public can then determine for itself what might have motivated these traitors and better prevent their co-conspirators continuing to sell out the interests of their countrymen.
Any other age of government, even envisioning allowing such a situation to develop, would I feel certain, have known that laws allowing such a legislative goulash to arise would be potentially treasonable and their continuation a knowingly treasonable act. Arguments that sophisticated and delicate negotiations down the years have chanced to produce such a scandal cannot have relevance where the facts are as stated above. Britain’s fish are being stolen while our fishermen are compelled by their Government to effectively remain in port, or go to sea to throw back a large part of their catch.
Meanwhile having the fishing boats of a foreign and neighbouring and competitive power free to enter the waters of our not particularly economically flourishing South West Country and make off with our fish, while our own fisherman, under the orders of their own craven ministers and officials, are compelled under British law to throw back their own fish into our own waters. This cannot be allowed to continue without those responsible being called to account. As a Devonian I feel sure I speak for many from our region when I say: "This has gone far enough"

posted by Martin at 8/16/2003 08:31:00 AM

Why do we as a nation continue to tolerate this treachery, from our own politicians of the three main parties, in pursuit of “an experiment in the impossible” as the doomed euro was described by Professor Niall Ferguson on Bloomberg this week, as reported on my own blog.

10 comments for “Destroying our fisheries was a necessary step towards the destruction of our economy and democracy!

  1. July 13, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    “The public can then determine for itself what might have motivated these traitors and better prevent their co-conspirators continuing to sell out the interests of their countrymen.”

    I wish the public would take an interest. But all the public needs is Coronation Street, X Factor, etc.

    • mikebravo
      July 13, 2011 at 4:53 pm

      ‘Give them bread and circuses and they will never revolt’

      Some things will never change.

      • David
        July 13, 2011 at 5:12 pm

        Bread will soon be too expensive and so will the electricity to power the circus. Bring it on. 😡

      • July 14, 2011 at 5:52 am

        Sadly true.

    • July 13, 2011 at 5:05 pm

      Indeed. Modern day bread and circuses, though I wonder if in their indifference they might have a point. I tend to use Hanlon’s Razor and suspect stupidity, and perhaps some cupidity, over malice, but isn’t how it got broke of secondary interest to how to get it unbroke again? If polls are any indication the public which doesn’t give any thought as to who is responsible for Britain’s position in the EU aren’t shy about saying it should avoid the Euro at all costs and preferably get out of the whole sorry mess altogether. Sounds worth a try to me, not that any main UK party is going to ask until or unless UKIP or similar hold the balance of power. In any case the names are largely known and of course some of the perpetrators are dead or not long for this world. Fix the problem first, then let the history books curse their names.

  2. FrankC
    July 13, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    As far as I recall, the government of the day, in order to reduce over-fishing off the West Country, bought up the fishing boats. The skippers of those boats then sold the, to them, now useless licences to Spanish skippers.
    Government (or civil servant) made a bit of a cods of it.

    • July 13, 2011 at 8:21 pm

      FrankC to jog your memory, here are some quotes from a Christopher Booke column, quoted on Ironies almost exactly eight years ago on 17th August 2003:

      Fisheries Fiasco

      Christopher Booker in his Sunday Telegraph column takes up the subject covered in some detail here yesterday, namely the treasonable situation now pertaining to Britain’s fisheries.

      Seas fouled with rotting fish in the name of conservation

      This journalist mentions the years of pointless protest he has individually mounted regarding what has been allowed to happen to what once was one of our island nation’s most precious resources: its surrounding seas, and ends his piece as follows:-

      To this Mr Blair’s Government raised no objection. So the ultimate responsibility for the obscene disaster unfolding around Britain’s coasts lies with our own Government and with every MP who tacitly allows it to continue.

      Pleas to the non-existent consciences of Government Ministers and MPs have proved entirely fruitless in the past and will do so again. Only criminal proceedings and rigorous police efforts to find and arrest the culprits can now be sufficient and force action. Arguments that no crime has been committed cannot hold water when as Booker reports:-

      Meanwhile they watch their French competitors pulling in huge catches of cod quite legally, because France’s quota in these British waters is 10 times larger than that permitted to Britain.

      Britain has not been an occupied country for centuries and we have had continuous Government for as long. What is happening has therefore been allowed by individual responsible ministers and they must be brought to account and their motives fully exposed. They have attempted to sell off a huge part of the birthright of the people of this nation, in the process they have lied to Parliament and the electorate, and their successors have continued to cover-up and dissemble. The results have been seen and reported upon by our own fisherman who are witnessing the scandal with their own eyes and having their livliehoods removed from their own pockets while the culprits and their successors grow fat in Brussels.

      This is the biggest scandal of our lifetime and those in politics know it. Heath bought our way into Europe with our marine resources, he lied about it in Parliament and every government since has become a party to that lie as they fail to correct the matter. They cannot keep the facts from the people forever, maybe this situation will be the much needed alarm call!

      posted by Martin at 8/17/2003 09:23:00 AM

  3. moonrakin
    July 15, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    This is an utterly rotten and bent business (EU Fisheries Policy). To the eternal shame of the majority of journalists and the state broadcaster the stink emanating from the fisheries policy has been spun away and replaced by sloppy vapid platitudes designed to deflect criticism from ineffective venal public servants.

    British fishermen were too law abiding by a long way… and the law breakers and sticky palmed cabal who hoovered everything up were protected by the totally bent EU officials.

    20:20 hind sight – but it should have been a bare knuckle fight.

    Even now the goons in Whitehall and their officious minions lie and misdirect on this topic.

  4. July 16, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    In every nook and crannie of the governance of our ‘once upon a time’ nation there are, I feel sure, gruesome details of the treachery that has been undertaken by the EU and those serving themselves in promoting its ends, but what has happened to our fisheries, presently seems to me the most horrendous example.

    It was for that reason that I made that aspect one of the central themes in the plot of my novel, Millennium Blitzkrieg, written in the late nineteen-nineties and first published in 2000. I am spending this weekend making minor corrections to the text to reflect historical changes as the plot takes place in the year 2014.

    Following that it will be prepared for digital publishing and available for reading on Kindle etc., shortly thereafter.

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